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Kawayan Boys
Bacolod
By Ralf Falbe
02 Jun 2016

A wild bunch of Tricycle Drivers is living in their vehicels in front of the Bacolod Pension in Bacolod, Negros, Philippines. Some are just back from Jail, some are smoking shabu and all are tattooed. They call themselves KAWAYAN BOYS and live in their gang like a family.

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My Grandma Wore Tattoos: A Trip to th...
Lalibela
By Lola García-Ajofrín
12 Feb 2016

The Christian elder women from the village of Lalibela, in Ethiopia, do their tattoos along their necks and faces, mixing aesthetics, tradition and faith in a practice that goes back for centuries. "Because of the mixture of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, indigenous religions and traditions, Ethiopia has a great variety of modifications of the body and body decoration practices, including scarification and tattooing," says anthropologist Margo DeMello, in the book "Tinting: tattoos and body art around the world, "which argues that Coptic Christians sport tattoos since ancient times in Egypt and Ethiopia. It is also the case of Ethiopian Jews living in soil, which is tattooed to blend and "to move to Israel in the 80s and 90s, they are had to delete, since Judaism forbids", DeMello tells.

In one of the few Tattoo studios in Addis Abeba, the capital of Ethiopia, Zelanem, a young designers says "even my grandma wore one".

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Las ancianas cristianas de la ciudad santa de Lalibela, en Etiopía, lucen tatuajes en cuello y rosto, en una mezcla de estética, tradición y fe. Hacemos repaso de los hallazgos más remotos de esta práctica con al menos 5.000 años

Zelalem tatúa crucifijos y vírgenes María, bajo la luz de un flexo en “Zola Tattoo”, uno de los pocos estudios de tatuajes de Addis Abeba, la capital de Etiopía. Bromea con su nombre encaja a la perfección con su trabajo. Zelalem significa “siempre”.

En un marco, en la pared de su estudio, cuelgan fotografías de sus últimas creaciones con la aguja: una corona de espinas sobre un Cristo afligido tiñe un hombro; unas manos con un rosario adornan un brazo; hay espaldas decoradas con crucifijos y torsos con ángeles y santos. “Todos me piden motivos religiosos o cosas sobre sus madres”, admite, sonriente. De vez en cuando, los hay que llegan con diseños de famosos que encuentran en internet, “sobre todo, los del rapero Rick Ross”, matiza sonriente. Nuevas formas de ejercer viejas prácticas.

Abuelas con tatuajes

En Etiopía, los cristianas ortodoxos han teñido sus manos y rostros con pequeños crucifijos, durante generaciones. La abuela de Zola lucía un tatuaje en la cara. Era un cruz hecha a mano, en negro azulado, que destacaba tímidamente sobre su piel tostada. Un símbolo de su enorme fe y un poco de coquetería, admite.

Aunque los tatuajes llenan los bancos de las iglesia etíopes, apenas existen ofertas profesionales para tatuarse: “No se pueden conseguir ni materiales; a mí me los envía mi hermano que está en Italia”, explica el dibujante. Y la mayoría sigue tatuándose en casa, de la forma tradicional. En Etiopía, el tatuaje es algo más que una moda.

“Debido a la mezcla de Cristianismo, Islam, religiones indígenas y tradiciones, Etiopía tiene una gran variedad de modificaciones del cuerpo y practicas de decoración corporales, incluida la escarificación y tatuaje”, explica la antropóloga Margo DeMello, en el libro “Tintado: tatuajes y arte corporal alrededor del mundo”, donde argumenta que los cristianos coptos lucen tatuajes desde tiempos inmemorables en Egipto y Etiopía. También es el caso de los judíos que residían en suelo etíope, que se tatuaron para mimetizarse y, “al mudarse a Israel, en los 80 y 90, se los tuvieron que borrar, puesto que el Judaísmo lo prohíbe”, narra DeMello.

En Lalibela, la segunda ciudad Santa de Etiopía, es casi imposible no cruzarse con ancianas con tatuajes en cuello y rosto. Suelen llevar la cruz copta dibujada, casi siempre en frente o mejilla. En la iglesia de San Jorge, a la salida de misa, tres simpáticas señoras ataviadas de blanco, que pasan el rato al sol, comentan divertidas que ellas llevan tatuajes “desde hace muchos años”. Un turista, de veintitantos, cámara al cuello, posa frente a la impresionante iglesia escavada y presume de cruz copta en el brazo, bajo la manga corta.

Tatuajes cristianos

Existen varias teorías que explican esta vetusta moda. Desde que el cristianismo llegara a la región, “los cristianos ortodoxos de Egipto, Etiopía y Eritrea, empezaron a llevar tatuajes coptos para demostrar su fe, tales como cruces en la frente”, narra DeMello. En Egipto, “los coptos se han sentido como una minoría reprimida –se cree que representan alrededor del 10% de la población del país— y sus tatuajes pueden servir como forma de identidad comunal en un país que tiene una historia de fricción sectaria”, argumenta Theodore May, en el ‘Global Post’.

Para Jennifer A. Johnson, que escribe al respecto en la web ‘Christianity Today’, aunque en el antiguo Egipto la práctica del tatuaje se remonta a 2.000 años antes de Cristo, ya en el Imperio Romano, era una práctica degradante utilizada como marca para esclavos y criminales. Y es en el siglo VII, con la llegada del Islam a Egipto “y al convertirse los cristianos en minoría perseguida, cuando la práctica copta del tatuaje emerge”. Cita al estudioso copto Otto Meinardus: “En tiempos de persecución, el tatuaje de la cruz ha dado fuerza a los fieles y ha hecho que sea imposible para ellos negar su fe.”

De un modo u otro, los pueblos de distintas partes del mundo han utilizado sus cuerpos como lienzos desde el Neolítico. “Se cree que la palabra ‘tatuaje’ se originó en la Polinesia y procede del término ‘tatau’ que significa ‘marcar”, explica Sharon Guynup, en ‘National Geographic’.

5.000 años de tatuajes

El primer tatuaje del mundo del que se tiene constancia es de hace 5.000 años y se encontró en Europa. En 1991, dos alpinistas alemanes, el matrimonio Simon, disfrutaban de una jornada deporte en los Alpes, en la frontera entre Austria e Italia, cuando se toparon con un cadáver. El cuerpo se conservaba en tan buen estado que pensaron que era reciente. La investigación determinó que correspondía al de un hombre que vivió entorno al 3.300 a. C.

Debido a su excelente conservación, el hallazgo permitió a los investigadores saber más sobre los europeos de la Edad de Cobre. Determinaron cómo vestía e incluso la última comida que ingirió aquel hombre: ciervo, salvado de trigo, raíces y fruta. Pero uno de las hechos más llamativos que revelaron los Rayos X es que Otzi o el Hombre de Hielo, como después se le denominó, lucía tatuajes. En concreto, 57 rayas paralelas repartidas por muñeca, espalda y piernas. Su cuerpo se conserva a 6º en el Museo de Arqueología del Tirol del Sur, en Italia. No es la única momia tatuada.

Momias con tatuajes, en Egipto, Perú o Siberia

Hasta que se descubrió el cuerpo de Otzi, que supone la piel tatuada más antigua del mundo, las evidencias de tatuajes más remotas se situaban en Egipto. La momia de Amunet, el cuerpo de una sacerdotisa que vivió en torno al 2.000 a.C., era, hasta entonces, la momia con tatuajes más antigua. Su cuerpo lucía líneas y puntos tatuados, alrededor de manos y brazos, como si fueran pulseras. En Egipto se han encontrado otros cuerpos decorados, todos de mujeres, varios en el abdomen, por lo que se cree que simbolizaba la fertilidad.

También conocían el arte del tatuaje los pueblos nómadas escitas de Irán y del Cáucaso. En 1993, en los montes Altái de Siberia, en Rusia, se halló la momia de la Princesa de Ukok, que vivió durante el siglo V a.C. Presentaba tatuajes en forma de animales por todo el brazo. Gracias al hielo y la altitud, habían sobrevivido casi intactos durante 2.500 años. Cerca de su cuerpo se encontraron enterrados seis caballos y otros dos hombres, también con tatuajes.

Y en 2006, se encontró una momia tatuada en Perú, en la provincia de Trujillo. Correspondía al cuerpo de la Dama de Cao, la única mujer dirigente que se conoce que tuvo el antiguo Perú. Lucía figuras de arañas, serpientes y caballitos de mar, tatuados en manos, pies y brazos.

Paradójicamente, se cree que fue con la llegada de los cristianos europeos a otras tierras cuando la práctica del tatuaje decayó. Lo que para unos era un símbolo de fe, para otros se consideró pagano.

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Stolen Beauty - Tribal Tattoos of Bur...
Chin State
By Michael Biach
26 Oct 2014

The isolated mountains of Burma’s Chin state are home to a number of hill tribes that have been separated from modern world for centuries. Chin women used to follow the thousand-year-old tradition of tattooing their faces. The ritual, officially banned by the government in the 1960s, doesn’t attract modern Chin girls anymore. Soon the thousand-year-old tradition could be gone forever.

According to an old legend a Burmese king once traveled to the remote hill regions of Chin state, which was known for its beautiful women. The King then displaced a Chin girl, brought her back to his palace and made her his wife. The girl, desperate and unhappy with its situation, finally managed to escape and tried to make her way back home, always afraid that the king could eventually capture her again. In order not to get caught again she disguised herself by making incisions in her beautiful face using a knife.

“It was like she was stealing her own beauty in order to protect herself from the king,” Daw San recounts the old fairytale. The woman in her sixties belongs to the Muun tribe, one of the few Chin sub-tribes that originally practiced the tradition of facial tattoos. “Every little child knows this story,” she further explains with a smile. Anthropologists believe that it is more plausible that not the king but hostile invaders from other tribes kidnapped the girls. The tattoos then would allow them to identify from which tribe a girl originates. Myth or truth, the fact is that the adoption of facial tattoos became part of Chin culture nearly a thousand years ago and since then has been passed from one generation to the other. Until recently at least.

Today the Chin people consist of various sub-groups which are distinguished only by the women’s facial tattoos as well as differences in their language. The tribes are mostly situated between the north of Arakan state and the southeastern hills of Chin state. The Burmese government officially banned the tradition in the 1960s after the military took over power in a coup d’état. But the Chin-State has long been neglected by the far-away government or, as others say, the Chin state has long tried to avoid contact with outside rulers. In fact the Chin people were in a state of war with the military regime until June 2012 when a formal truce was announced after power was shifted to a civil government. For most of the isolated hill tribes these past events happened without notice.

The Chin-State is still one of the country’s poorest and most isolated regions, with a 73% poverty rate according to an official survey. Some areas are widely inaccessible. While this is the reason that local traditions have survived the past centuries, it also means that malnutrition, childhood mortality and the risk for women to die in child bed are tremendous. Efforts of NGOs to push for the construction of streets and the implementation of governmental action could bring an improvement to the people’s living and health standard.

“People are now hoping that they will profit from the truce and from the booming tourist industry in Myanmar,” says Nay Aung, a 28-year-old guide from Bagan who is regularly organizing trips into the area for NGOs and adventurous tourists. Traveling to hill areas of Chin state is quite challenging and by now still far off the beaten track. Areas are only accessible by four-wheel-driving jeeps on damaged rough tracks. The two-to-three days drive is halted by river crossings, mudflows or flat tires. New roads are currently under construction, often with the use of low-paid child labor, but are not to be expected before the next three years. “Part of the roads get damaged again during the rainy season,” says Nay Aung, “this makes it hard to finish the construction”.

The mountainous area has always been wild and inaccessible. The Chin accepted the harsh and inhospitable conditions of the mountainous regions for centuries by choice, so they could avoid foreign influence and invasion.

But times are changing and more and more Chin, especially the young, are willing to open their region for a better health care, maintenance and modernity. “All the faces with tattoos are those of old women,” says Daw San. Her striking face is graced with distinctive patterns that symbolize a pearl necklace and a dominant ‘Y’ that is illustrating a sacrifice trunk. The tattoo shows that she is a member of the Muun tribe. The differences in the patterns of the about twelve facial-tattoo practicing Chin-tribes vary from simple dots practiced by the Daai tribe or straight lines by the Yindu tribe to spiderweb-like tattoos of the Laytoo or even the full-face tattoos of the Ubun tribe where not even a single dot is spared. “Every tattoo has a spiritual meaning and defines the values of the tribe,” says Daw San. The sacrifice trunk in her face reflects the totem of her village. “So we know who we are and we can find our ancestors in the afterlife by identifying the tattoos,” Daw San is convinced.

The Chin, although most converted to Christianity by American Baptists a hundred years ago, are strongly committed to Animism. Every man or woman needs a ‘House of Spirits,’ a secure place for the afterlife. Once in his or her life, the tradition says, a member of the Muun tribe must hold a sacred ceremony to avoid harm by spirits and gain peace for the afterlife. During the week-long celebration the Muun will sacrifice one chicken, one wild pig, one goat and one wild buffalo and will divide the food with the tribe’s shaman and the remaining villagers. If the ritual is fulfilled one will collect flat stones from the river to build a ‘house of spirits’. After the death of a tribe member its remains are cremated and the ashes are laid to rest under the stone altar. “One is deemed to be alive until the bones have been disappeared,” explains Daw San. Only the most experienced hunters – or the wealthiest villagers – are able to repeat the ritual a second time in their life. “If this happens,” Daw San recounts further, “one is allowed to build the altar next to his or her home.” (See images of two stand-alone-altars next to home in photos 13 and 14, plus a ‘cemetery’ in pictures 19 and 20.)

The town of Mindat is situated five hours on foot through the mountains from the ‘house of spirits’ cemetery of this group of Muun villagers. The town doesn’t differ much from other places in modern-day Burma. Local boys play soccer as the sun goes down; some girls drive through the village on motorbikes; and trucks and jeeps park in front of the town’s market. The place is completely alien to the remaining tribe-members who live their lives quite isolated on the hills.

“Today the girls, at least in Mindat, see the fading custom as an unattractive relic of the past and they are aware of outside beauty standards,” says Daw San with a cautious smile. Decades ago it would have been out of question for a man to marry an un-tattooed girl. “When I was a little girl”, she says, “it would have been impossible not get tattooed. Every woman was proud of her tattoo.”

Daw San is aware of ongoing development in the remote corners Chin state where she lives, and this gives her hope that a better life is on the way. She is happy for this, but she also fears the consequences for the Chin’s traditional lifestyle. She doesn’t doubt that her face is one of the last with a tribal tattoo.

“Soon,” she says, “this thousand-year-old tradition will be gone forever.”

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Whang Od, the 92-year old Tattoo Artist
Kalinga
By Joan Planas
11 Oct 2013

Whang Od is 92 years old and she is the last Kalinga tattoo maker, an ancient tradition used as a skin natural language transmitted from generation to generation that is in danger of disappearing when she dies.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
24 Sep 2013

Whang Od, age 92, is crouching while she makes a tattoo to a tourist in front of her house in Buscalan (December 2012). At her age she has a great view and flexibility.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
24 Sep 2013

An Israeli tourist shows his new tattoo made by Whang Od (December 2012). She has left him choose the design from one of the tattoos on her arms.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
23 Sep 2013

Whang Od, age 92, rests at home after making a tattoo (December 2012). Her fingers are stained by mixing charcoal, water and sweet potato used for tattooing.

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Nowhereland Tattoo Project
Cairo, Egypt
By Mais Istanbuli
27 May 2013

The Nowhereland Tattoo project in Cairo, Egypt is a underground movement led by two young Venezuelans tattoo artists, Orne Gil and Lorena Mora. The two are combating the country's growing conservatism and cultural and religious taboos associated with body art by opening a tattoo studio. Beyond that, they are attempting to change misconceptions correlated with tattoos, such as a being a mark of criminality or homosexuality, by educating people on tattoo art and how to get it safely.

In Egypt, the project faces many obstacles. In Islam, it is frowned upon for Muslims permanently mark their bodies with tattoos. In a Muslim country such as Egypt, getting body art can have grave consequences - one young man's father, a Salafist, threw corrosive acid on his son after discovering his tattoo.

Despite the fact that the two young artists are forced to work in the shadows in the back of a beauty parlor for now, the practice has spurned a new culture of Arabic calligraphy art, revolution-inspired drawings and poetry. The two remain determined and have a lofty goal of changing attitudes toward body art across not only Egypt, but other Middle Eastern countries and even some in South America. They know that change comes only one step at a time.

This is a photo-essay following the Nowehereland Tattoo Project at work in Cairo, Egypt.

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Nowhereland Tattoo Project (12 of 13)
Cairo, Egypt
By Ines Della Valle
27 May 2013

Egypt, Cairo, December 2012 - Orne Gil making a tattoo in arabic calligraphy "Freedom, justice, rights"

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Nowhereland Tattoo Project (10 of 13)
Cairo, Egypt
By Ines Della Valle
27 May 2013

Egypt, Cairo, December 2012 - Orne Gil making a tattoo in arabic calligraphy "Freedom, justice, rights"

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Nowhereland Tattoo Project (11 of 13)
Cairo, Egypt
By Ines Della Valle
27 May 2013

Egypt, Cairo, December 2012 - A tattoo in arabic calligraphy "Freedom, justice, rights"

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Nowhereland Tattoo Project (2 of 13)
Cairo, Egypt
By Ines Della Valle
27 May 2013

Egypt, Cairo, December 2012 - Orne Gil and Lorena Mora working in their old studio

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Nowhereland Tattoo Project (13 of 13)
Cairo, Egypt
By Ines Della Valle
27 May 2013

Egypt, Cairo, December 2012 - a tattoo of the poem of Gamila Alaily, famous Egyptian poet born in 1930. "Who am I? What am I? Wha'ts wrong with me? What is my purpose? Why did I came to this bygone world? The best talking is when it's true. Onesty, in what I say and do"

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Nowhereland Tattoo Project (3 of 13)
Cairo, Egypt
By Ines Della Valle
27 May 2013

Egypt, Cairo, December 2012 - Orne Gil and Lorena Mora working in their old studio

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Nowhereland Tattoo Project (4 of 13)
Cairo, Egypt
By Ines Della Valle
27 May 2013

Egypt, Cairo, December 2012 - Orne Gil making the Nefertiti mask tattoo

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Nowhereland Tattoo Project (5 of 13)
Cairo, Egypt
By Ines Della Valle
27 May 2013

Egypt, Cairo, December 2012 - Edena Salem, the girl who has the Nefertiti mask tattoo, waiting for Orne Gil to finish her work.

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Nowhereland Tattoo Project (6 of 13)
Cairo, Egypt
By Ines Della Valle
27 May 2013

Egypt, Cairo, December 2012 - Orne Gil making the Nefertiti mask tattoo

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Nowhereland Tattoo Project (8 of 13)
Cairo, Egypt
By Ines Della Valle
27 May 2013

Egypt, Cairo, December 2012 - A tattoo in arabic "long live free Palestine". Made by a guest of the studio, from Jordan: Fareed el Attar

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Nowhereland Tattoo Project (9 of 13)
Cairo, Egypt
By Ines Della Valle
27 May 2013

Egypt, Cairo, December 2012 - A tattoo in arabic "long live free Palestine". Made by a guest of the sudio, from Jordan, Fareed el Attar

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Nowhereland Tattoo Project (7 of 13)
Cairo, Egypt
By Ines Della Valle
27 May 2013

Egypt, Cairo, December 2012 - "revolutionary" Nefertiti mask tattoo. This tattoo is a remake, made by the girl who has the tattoo, of a famous graffito in Mohammed Mahmoud Street, the famous street where the "second revolution" took place in November 2011

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Nepal Tattoo Convention (1 of 8)
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Apr 2013

An artist draws a design at the 3rd International Nepal Tattoo Convention held in April 2013 in Kathmandu.

The convention that was held from April 26 to 28 showcased 70 national and international tattoo artists.

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Nepal Tattoo Convention (2 of 8)
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Apr 2013

An artist makes a tattoo during the 3rd International Tattoo Convention in Kathmandu.
The convention that was held from April 26 to 28 showcased 70 national and international tattoo artists.

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Nepal Tattoo Convention (3 of 8)
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Apr 2013

An artist makes a tattoo during the 3rd International Tattoo Convention in Kathmandu.
The convention that was held from April 26 to 28 showcased 70 national and international tattoo artists.

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Nepal Tattoo Convention (4 of 8)
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Apr 2013

Artist make tattoo during the 3rd International Tattoo Convention in Kathmandu.
The convention that was held from April 26 to 28 showcased 70 national and international tattoo artists.

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Nepal Tattoo Convention (5 of 8)
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Apr 2013

An artist makes a tattoo during the 3rd International Tattoo Convention in Kathmandu.
The convention that was held from April 26 to 28 showcased 70 national and international tattoo artists.

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Nepal Tattoo Convention (6 of 8)
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Apr 2013

An artist makes a tattoo during the 3rd International Tattoo Convention in Kathmandu.
The convention that was held from April 26 to 28 showcased 70 national and international tattoo artists.

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Nepal Tattoo Convention (7 of 8)
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Apr 2013

An artist poses for a picture with his tattoo during the 3rd International Tattoo Convention in Kathmandu.
The convention that was held from April 26 to 28 showcased 70 national and international tattoo artists.

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Nepal Tattoo Convention (8 of 8)
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Apr 2013

A tattoo lover displays his tattoo during the 3rd International Tattoo Convention in Kathmandu.
The convention that was held from April 26 to 28 showcased 70 national and international tattoo artists.

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A Swiss Tattoo Artist in Nepal
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Apr 2013

A Swiss tattoo artist explains why tattoo is important for him in the 3rd International Tattoo Convention held in Kathmandu.

The convention that was held from April 26 to 28 showcased 70 national and international tattoo artists.

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Nepal Tattoo Convention
Kathmandu, Nepal
By U.S. Editor
27 Apr 2013

Tattoo artists from around the world create and display their designs at the 3rd International Tattoo Convention held between April 26-28 in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
06 Dec 2012

Whang Od prepares the mix to make the tattoo (December 2012). Her working material is a coconut bowl to mix water, charcoal and the sweet potato that will provide texture to the mix. She also uses a Philippine lime and a nail made out of a thorn joined to a bamboo stick.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
06 Dec 2012

It is dawning on Bucalan (December 2012). Buscalan is a hidden village in a mountain of the Luzon island.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
06 Dec 2012

Whang Od shows the tattoos on her arms (December 2012). Within the tribal tattoo culture symbolizes the feminine beauty and male courage.

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Whang Od, the 92-year old Tattoo Artist
Buscalan, Philippines
By Transterra Editor
05 Dec 2012

Whang Od, the 92 year old Kalinga tattoo maker, lives in the hidden village of Buscalan
in the Kalinga province in the Philippines. This tattoo practice was used as a form of skinnatural language passed on from generation to generation.

Whang Od has become popular not only because she has appeared on National Geographic, but also because the day she dies, a big part of her tribe’s culture dies away as well. Even though some kids from the village tried learning from her, Whang Od says that the “future artist must be from her family.”

Within the tribal culture, the tattoo symbolized feminine beauty and male courage was a culture of exchange that did not require money. Now, however, people have to pay for their tattoos as they are required to start using money for things like electricity, buying pigs and hens, and rice.

Lost tourists who pass by Buscalan are offered lodging and food at Whang Od’s modest, two-story house before they are given the chance to pay 500 pesos for a tattoo chosen by Whang Od herself. Clients can only decide where they want their tattoo, unless they choose one of the drawings on Whang Od’s hands.

Whang Od would like to live to be 100 years old.

Photographs by Buscando Historias
Text by Buscando Historias

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
05 Dec 2012

Tourists are resting in front of the house of Whang Od before getting a tattoo (December 2012). The tourists who pass by Buscalan are offered lodging and food at Whang Od’s modest two-story house.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
05 Dec 2012

An Israeli tourist takes a picture of some children from the house of Whang Od (December 2012). Whang Od's family has hung a sign on their house door as an indication for lost tourists and she provides them with food and lodging.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
05 Dec 2012

Whang Od is sitting outside her home before making a tattoo (December 2012). Many tourists arrive to Buscalan to become one of the tattoos of this ancient culture.